Earlier this year in Los Angeles I had an amazing week photographing The NAMM Show and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gretsch Custom Shop in Corona. But the cherry on top of the LA cake was visiting Joe Bonamassa at his Hollywood home to shoot some highlights from his vintage guitar collection for Guitar & Bass magazine. The fate of the shoot was touch and go for a few days as Joe was trapped in New York following a snow storm. We waited patiently in the Californian sunshine and thankfully, after a winding journey up the steep slopes of Laurel Canyon (have you ever driven an automatic up a hill?!) and accidentally going to the wrong house, our stars finally aligned! You can check out the feature in my PUBLISHED portfolio but for now, here are some of my favourites.
A couple of months ago I hit the road up to Sheffield to work with blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor on some promo images for her latest album. I found the most amazing location while scouting for the shoot – Kelham Island Museum – site of a Victorian iron foundry and power station in the old industrial district. It’s crammed full of gritty backdrops and textures and was perfect for our shoot. Make-up and styling by the fabulous Ali Gunn.
Hello hello! I’m back from my two month adventure in the USA and have so many photos to share from my travels but first, let’s catch up on some of the shoots I did before I went away. I’m totally thrilled with how my Gabrielle Aplin feature for Guitar & Bass magazine turned out – especially as it was shot on the day of tube & train strikes and much travel drama! After a horrendous four hour coach journey and a further hour walking across London in the baking hot sunshine carrying all my gear, I made it to the fabulously shabby Wilton’s Music Hall. What a location! Slightly wonky and faded but still glamorous with carved balconies and sparkling string lights. The feature is now online so check out the Guitar & Bass interview with Gabrielle Aplin here for lots more gear pictures and rundown of her live rig.
The final day of Download I had a traffic nightmare getting in and ended up jumping out of the car and running the length of the festival site, through the mud and straight into the photo pit for H.E.A.T, thankfully catching them with two songs to go – not bad going! I also shot Von Hertzen Brothers, Tremonti, Blackberry Smoke, Godsmack, Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (Frank gave me some picks but sadly they have not improved my playing!), Eagles of Death Metal, Lamb of God (nosebleeds ahoy – that is some heavy metal!) and KISS. Check out DAY ONE and DAY TWO for more photo highlights.
I was still buzzing from DAY ONE of Download, so even though Saturday was a right downpour and I bloody hate the rain, I was having such an awesome time I couldn’t grumble. I loved every soggy, noisy, crazy minute of it! Wellies on, ear plugs in and hood up all day long. I even had to break out mini rain jackets for my cameras! I shot Ace Frehley, Testament (YEAH!), Motionless In White, Dub War (keeping it Newport!), Black Star Riders, Marilyn Manson & Muse. Testament were totally the highlight for me today. I also had a lovely baked potato!